The success Human Capital Alliance has achieved in completing over 250 research consultancy projects has been significantly due to effective collaboration between the core HCA staff team and a network of highly skilled individual associate consultants and alliance partnerships with other similar minded companies. HCA’s collaborator resources represent the highest level of achievement in diverse areas of government, academia and the private sector, and in wide ranging content areas. HCA’s associates and alliance partners fall into two broad categories of content expertise — specific health and community services expertise (for example Nursing, Medical, Allied Health practice …) and human resources expertise (planning, development and management). HCA’s associate and alliance resources are detailed by area of expertise. Click the relevant area to get a list of our associates and click individual associates to know more about them.

Nursing practice, services and workforce

Meredith McIntyre

M.Ed.St. B.App Sc (Adv Nursing) RN.RM

Dr Meredith is a senior academic experienced in curriculum design, senior academic management and the development/ implementation of inter-professional education initiatives involving health professions in complementary fields of practice. Meredith is the immediate past President of the Australian College of Midwives in Victoria following several terms as Vice President. This role involved intimate knowledge of maternity service provision and close working relationships with all key stakeholders.

Robyn Hill

EdD, MEdPol&Admin, GradDip Distance Education, GradCert in Action Learning, BAppSci Nsg(Education)

Robyn Hill

Dr Robyn Hill has worked in adult and vocational education for the past 30 years, in TAFE and Higher Education sectors, and is a consultant in education and training, with a focus on supporting learning and development in health settings. Her doctoral research and thesis focused teachers’ work in times of extreme organisational change.

She has recently worked with Open Universities Australia as Academic Manager of Higher Education, overseeing compliance with the new Tertiary Education Standards and Qualifications Authority Compliance system, and in the Victorian VET sector, she led educational development and compliance against requirements of he Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority (VRQA), and ASQA.

Robyn was instrumental in setting up the curriculum for the new graduate entry medical school in Gippsland, Victoria for Monash University (2006-2010), and continues to work on development of undergraduate MBBS curricula for overseas delivery.

Robyn holds a Doctor of Education, and postgraduate qualifications in Educational Policy and Administration, Distance Education, and Action Learning. She holds an adjunct position with Monash University as Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Medical practice, services and workforce

John Aloizos



John is a long time associate of HCA and has provided his general practice expertise to HCA evaluations over the past decade. John holds numerous high level appointments, including membership of the RACGP’s National Expert Committee on Standards for General Practices. John was inaugural Chairman of Australian Divisions of General Practice, former President of Queensland Divisions of General Practice, and inaugural Chairman of Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited where he played a key role in establishing the accreditation system for general practice. In 2003 John became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to medicine, and has had the annually awarded John Aloizos Medal created in his honour by the ADGP.

Mark Mattiussi

Masters of BA, Graduate Certificate in Management, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, FACM


Having almost twenty years of experience working in the complex health care and business environment Mark is a strategic systems leader. Recently Mark has undertaken a number of consultancies to assist in developing sustainable medical workforce models many of which have been based around a supportive training and education environment. Prior to this he led a region of QLD’s public health services in southern Brisbane comprised of approximately 5000 staff with an annual expenditure of in excess of $550M. During this role Mark undertook the role of medical lead to ensure integration between the clinical teaching environment at Logan hospital and the then newly established medical school within the Griffith University. Mark has significant experience leading and managing in a complex organisational environment and has taken a lead role as a Chief Executive Officer managing significant organisational reform including a complex merger. As a result, he has substantial health care and change management experience, skill and ability.

Disability services and workforce

Judy Harwood

PRINCE 2 (Project management), M. Research & Social Policy, M.Ed (Multicultural), Grad Dip Adult Education, Dip Teaching


Judy Harwood is adept at diverse human service and social inclusion agendas. She has seventeen years of senior experience with government in program administration, policy, reform, and business strategies. She has extensive experience in disability program and sector reform. She has also managed the Home and Community Care Program for NSW.

Her recent responsibilities with the Department of Family and Community Services included reforming a number of programs in readiness for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and developing a Work Health Safety Framework and online resources to support people with individual funding and the sector to comply with Legislation and manage work health and safety. She has had responsibility for a number of small and large social research and evaluation projects.

She has had senior roles for cross government agendas: child protection, homelessness, ageing, health, dementia and employment. She developed the first NSW whole of government disability inclusion plan to implement the National Disability Strategy – now a requirement under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014).

Prior to working for the NSW Government she had a senior strategic role with the Commonwealth Government to align education with industry needs in Queensland, informed by strong consultation with rural, remote and metropolitan communities, peak bodies and state government.

Allied Health Practice, Services and Workforce

Adrian Schoo

PhysioD, MHlthSc, GradDip (Manag, Ed, MT, Acup), DipPT


Adrian Schoo is professor in rural allied health education at Flinders University and member of the Flinders University Medical Research Device Institute (MRDI). Before moving into the Flinders Innovation in Clinical Education cluster (FICE) of the Medical School Adrian was physiotherapy discipline leader at the Rural Health School of La Trobe University in Bendigo and member of La Trobe University’s Faculty of Health Ethics Committee and, prior to that, deputy director of the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (Flinders and Deakin Universities). Starting with physiotherapy he established a state-wide continuing education program for allied professionals in Victoria, with online access in other Australian jurisdictions. Professor Schoo played an instrumental role in establishing a solid foundation for the new physiotherapy course at Flinders University to underpin the musculoskeletal and inter-professional practice curriculum and clinical placement partnerships. His work informs policymakers and other decision makers, as well as educators and health professionals.Research interests include continuing education, allied health workforce development and health service enhancement, particularly in the area of chronic (musculoskeletal) disease.Current interests include simulation in clinical education and continuing professional development. Although research active and written more than 70 publications, Adrian still practices part-time as a physiotherapist. Clinical highlights include serving the Australian Olympic Committee and being seconded to Australian judo.

Andy Gilbert

B.Pharm, Dip. Appl Psychology, PhD


Emeritus Professor in Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Practice; Quality use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia.

Professor Andrew Gilbert recently retired as the Director, Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia. He led a substantial set of research programs within the areas of medicines policy, health service research and health behaviour change. He is an acknowledged leader in these fields at both national and international levels. Professor Gilbert was Chief Investigator on a recently completed 5 year ARC/NHMRC Ageing Well Ageing Productively Grant “The development and evaluation of management strategies designed to address poly-morbidity in older people: Implications for health policy planning, practitioners and patients.” He directed the ongoing National Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Service (Veterans’ MATES) program for over 10 years. He has led a number of major projects in aged-care including a project which examined the implementation of the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee guidelines on medication management with residential aged-care facilities. He was a major contributor to the development, and adoption by the Federal Government, of Australia’s National Medicines Policy and The Strategy of achieving Quality Use of Medicines. He was the recipient of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Australian Pharmacist of the Year Award and the South Australian Pharmacist of the Year, for his work in medicines policy development, implementation and evaluation, pharmacoepidemiology and health-care practice change.

Lloyd Sansom

AO, Dip Pharm, BSc, PhD, FPS

Emeritus Lloyd Sansom

Professor Sansom graduated in pharmacy in 1962 and completed his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Adelaide in 1972.He retired in 2000 as the Head of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia.He was Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2011 having been the Chair of the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council since 1991.Professor Sansom is currently the Special Advisor on the National Medicines Policy Framework to

the Australian Government. Professor Sansom has been involved in the development of Australia’s National Medicines Policy. He holds the title of Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia and has received honorary Doctorates from 3 Australian universities He has published widely in the areas of pharmacokinetics,pharmaceutical policy and the Quality Use of Medicines .In 2002 Professor Sansom was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for contributions to the development of national pharmaceutical policy

Peter Gissing



Peter has practised as a Pharmacist for more than 30 years. He was until recently an active proprietor of two large Community Pharmacies in Wagga Wagga NSW.

He is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management and an accredited Consultant Pharmacist.

Peter is currently President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (NSW Branch) and Vice Chairman of the Charles Sturt Foundation Limited.

He is a member and former Chair of the Charles Sturt Pharmacy Foundation and is also a Life Member of the Sydney University Pharmacy Practice Foundation.

Peter is a former Director of Allied Master Chemists of Australia (AMCAL) Ltd and the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice Limited. He has also previously served as a Branch Committee Member of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch).

In 2004 Peter was a member of the group which prepared the evaluation of the Rural Pharmacy Initiatives Program as part of the Third Community Pharmacy Agreement and he has undertaken a variety of consulting projects in both the public and private sectors.

Timothy Chen

B Pharm, DipHPharm, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Tim has been a member of the University of Sydney academic staff since 1993. He has experience as both a clinical hospital pharmacist and a community pharmacist. Tim’s main area of research has focused on the development of professional roles for pharmacists in collaboration with other health care professionals. Tim was awarded Young Pharmacist of the Year Excellence Award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in 2001.

Tony Baldrick

B. App Sc, BSc, BA, M Lit St (Math), MBA, PhD, FAIMS, FAACB, FACB, FAIM, Accredited Member Aust Maths Soc, FRCPA (Hon), FFSc(RCPA).

Tony secured his PhD in Quality Management in Healthcare and has submitted a second PhD in Pure Maths. He is Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Science and Medicine at Bond University. In the twenty one years from 1990, he was Manager of the Biochemistry Department and then Laboratory Manager at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology. Between 1973 and 1990, he worked at the Biochemistry Department of the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Tony has been an invited speaker in countries such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, New Zealand and Britain. He has presented 150 papers at Conferences and Australian Regional Meetings. He was President of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (2003-2007), is Chair of the Laboratory Management Committee of the Asian Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemistry, and currently the deputy Chief Examiner in the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Tony has also had published 85 Papers/ Abstracts and one book chapter (2 editions) in Health care management. He was consultant and adviser to WHO on Quality Assurance Implementation in Vietnam in 2007 and 2011; adviser to the Department of Health and Ageing on the Scientific Workforce in Pathology and is an appointee to the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Committee.

His interests are in statistics, workforce, education and competencies and mathematics.

Aged care Services and Workforce

Kate Hurrell

Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) (SACAE), Diploma of Management (Frontline), Cert IV in Workplace Assessment and Training, Certificate in Gerontic Care (UNE)

Kate Hurrell holds qualifications in nursing, gerontology, management and education and has extensive experience in the aged care sector having held a variety of clinical, management and educational positions. Kate has been an active member of the nursing profession representing organisations such as the The College of Nursing, Geriaction, NSW Nurses’ Association, Australian Nursing Federation and the Aged Care Association of Australia (NSW), on working parties and taskforces.

Kate has a particular interest in issues surrounding staffing levels and skills mix and recruitment and retention in the aged care sector and the future structure of aged care service provision in Australia. Kate has a sound understanding of the scope of practice and skills mix issues and the required competence of the Community Services and Health Industry workers. In recent years Kate has been involved in a number of state and national projects related to competency standards development and the development of vocational training resources and resources to support the professional development of gerontological registered nurses. Kate is currently a Principle of Aged Care Advice and Training, a consultancy business that provides a range of clinical, educational and management consultancy services to the aged care and vocational education sectors.

Mental Health Services and Workforce

Graham Martin



Graham is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Queensland and director, Centre for Suicide Prevention Studies in Young People at UQ where the current research focus is self-injury. Professor Graham Martin OAM has been dedicated to suicide prevention since 1987, and a member of IASP since 1997 when Treasurer for the Adelaide IASP Congress. A member of the Advisory Council Australian National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy and Evaluation Working Group (1995-99), writing team for the Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2000, 2007), National Advisory Council for Suicide Prevention (2003-8), he has recently been appointed National Advisor on Suicide Prevention to the Australian Government. Graham joined HCA’s team to develop the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2010.

Keith Todd

M.Sc. Emergency Management, Dip. TAA04 Workplace Training and Assessment, Dip. Management

Keith is the former CEO of the OzHelp Foundation, a suicide prevention initiative designed for workers in the building and construction industry. He has a strong interest in suicide prevention and has been a member of Suicide Prevention Australia for a number of years.

Martin Harris

Ph.D; M.Ed. (Admin.); B.Ed.; B.A.

Martin has been involved in mental health research since joining the University Department of Rural Health in 1999. He is the Tasmanian representative for the National Community and Expert Forum on suicide prevention, and Board member for Suicide Prevention Australia. Martin’s particular focus has been the role of education and training in suicide prevention. Martin has worked with HCA on developing the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2010 and online suicide prevention resources in conjunction with OzHelp for Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Prasuna Reddy

PhD Psychology, University Melbourne

Prasuna Reddy

Professor Prasuna is a member of the College of Health Psychologists and College of Organisational Psychologists, and has been Director of the Board of the Australian Psychological Society. For the past 20 years, she has been an academic and practicing psychologist at University of Melbourne, and has consulted in applied organisational psychology projects. In March 2007 she was appointed Chair of Rural Mental Health Flinders University and Director Health Services Research.

Public Health/Health Promotion

Lynne Madden



Lynne is the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at the School of Medicine Sydney for Notre Dame University Australia. The medical course is a 4 year graduate entry program; a new program the first cohort commenced in 2008. Prior to this she was Manager of Population Health Training and Workforce at the NSW Ministry of Health for 18 years.

At the Ministry she developed and managed the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program (a ‘professional doctorate’ level course of three years on the job competency based learning and completion of theoretical studies), the NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program and established the NSW Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative. All these training programs are multidisciplinary and prepare graduates to take leadership positions in influencing policy and practice within the health system.

She is interested in both expanding the evidence base that informs the delivery of postgraduate work-based education and emerging areas of public health work, and has published on these topics. She was also the Editor of the NSW Public Health Bulletin, a free access peer-reviewed publication of the Ministry that supports the evidence base for the community of practice in public health in NSW.

As Chair of the Faculty Education Committee for the Royal Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine she is responsible for the delivery of the national public health medicine training program for trainee public health physicians. She has lead on the redesign of this training program, a process of consultation and transformational change that continues.

Robert Hall


Robert Hall

Robert Hall is a public health physician, currently teaching at Monash University. He has held many senior positions over a 30-year career in public health. He has worked in Indigenous health in both remote locations in the NT and in urban areas in Victoria. He has worked in community health and in environmental health in Sydney. He was Director of Communicable Diseases in the Commonwealth Department of Health, establishing the national infectious diseases surveillance system, and editing the Communicable Diseases Intelligence publication. He led many of the changes in the immunization programme which resulted in the improved control of vaccine-preventable diseases in Australia. He was Director of Communicable Diseases Control in the SA

Department of Health and, later, Director of Public Health in Victoria. He now coordinates the Doctor of Public Health programme at Monash University, a workplace-based doctoral level advanced training programme in public health. He supervises candidates for Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He has been a member of numerous Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and National Health and Medical Research committees, and has served on the Council of the NHMRC. He currently chairs the Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases for the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization.

Vivian Lin

BA (Yale, MPH and DrPH (UC, Berkeley)

Professor Vivian Lin is Professor of Public Health at LaTrobe University. She was previously the Executive Officer for the National Public Health Partnership, following 12 years’ experience at senior levels with the NSW, Victorian and Commonwealth health authorities where her policy and program responsibilities included health promotion, aged care, Aboriginal health, ethnic health, women’s health, health insurance, pharmaceuticals, and private hospitals

Health Economics

David Gadiel

BA (Hons) (Rhodes), MA (Hons) (UNE)


David is a double first class honours graduate in economics. He has authored more than 40 professional papers, articles and books on health and economics. During the past 20 years as an independent consultant, he has undertaken economic and financial assessments in health in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. His areas of special competence include:

Economic modelling in public sector environments;
The application of economic analysis to general problem solving in service delivery; and,
Econometric analysis of health data series.
David has practised continuously as a specialised economist since 1974. In this capacity (until 1988), he worked in the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and held an Honorary Lectureship in Social & Preventive Medicine at Monash Medical School. David taught economics at Auckland and Monash Universities and at University College London. He has also lectured health economics to students at the Singapore Institute of Management on behalf of Sydney University. He is a former member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority (a Ministerial appointee, representing the CHF) giving him additional insight into the processes of public service agencies.

His work as a consultant has included working with Human Capital Alliance on various projects concerned with program evaluation and independent reviews. These include review and audit for the Commonwealth of the ACIR (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register) and of the GPII Scheme. In 2004, he worked with HCA for Queensland Health on an evaluation and audit of VIVAS, the Queensland immunisation register.

He has considerable experience in the economic evaluation of preventative health programs including hepatitis C education, food safety, needle exchange programs, and immunisation for measles and haemophilus influenza. He was also a member of the team that undertook a comprehensive study into the economic returns on investment in public health in Australia. He has recently undertaken a review of the capital costs for funding diagnostic imaging for the Department of Health and Ageing. David has recently written and published a Monograph for the Centre for Independent Studies (Australia) titled ‘How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform’, demonstrating his understanding of public sector reform possibilities.

Health Information

Paul O’Connor


Paul is the director of Pavilion Health and has extensive acquired skills in economics and has held senior line management roles in Japan, China and Australia with large multinational organisations over the last 25 years. He has been working in the health sector for the last 6 years where he cofounded a business based on Activity Based Funding in Australia and overseas jurisdictions. Paul has also been integral to Intern programs for countries to study the development of the Australian Classification system ICD10-AM and the development of AR-DRGS in funding policy in Australia, Serbia and Turkey.

Aboriginal Health

Carol Vale

BA (UNE), MA Indigenous Studies (SCU), GradDip Public Sector Leadership (Griffith Uni), Dip Counselling (AIPC)

Carol Vale

Carol Vale is a Dhunghutti woman from NSW and brings to her work, personal and professional insights into working effectively with the complexities of Aboriginal people and communities. A specialist Aboriginal consultant and facilitator, Carol draws on her extensive career in the public service to work with clients to enable participation in conversations that lead to change. She is committed to facilitating opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together to tackle the tough issues confronting Indigenous people in all communities.

Carol grew up on an Aboriginal Mission in northern NSW, where she lived with her extended family and continues to have strong ties to her community and traditional lands. Her public service career began in the Commonwealth government and continued with the Qld and NSW government where she took up a number senior management roles. She has extensive experience across a range of portfolios including Aboriginal affairs, education, housing, disabilities and child protection. Carol’s public service experience is supported by formal qualifications in business administration, public sector management, leadership, counselling and Indigenous studies in the context of addressing the impact of trans-generational trauma on individuals and communities.

Since resigning from government in early 2013, Carol co-founded Murawin Pty Ltd and is the company’s Managing Director and Principal Consultant. She continues to working across the breadth of Aboriginal affairs with a key focus on working with others to enhance leadership and management capabilities and cultural competencies.

Carol’s current work at Murawin includes:
– Psychodrama Workshops
– Facilitation
– Consulting
– Cultural Competency and Leadership Training
– Evaluation
– Community Engagement
– Research

Rob Curry

Physiotherapy (Lincoln Institute, Vic), GradDip Aboriginal Studies (SACAE), MSc Primary Health Care

Rob is a health professional and programs manager in the context of remote Aboriginal health care in the north of Australia. His particular skills and experience lie in the areas of cross cultural primary care planning, program management, remote workforce planning, and quality systems in remote health care. His work and thinking have been influenced by the international philosophy of Primary Health Care and the Australian model of Aboriginal community controlled health service delivery.

Having graduated in physiotherapy in 1980 in Melbourne, Rob settled in Darwin in the early 80s and instantly fell for the Top End with its unique blend of tropical landscape and ethnic diversity, in particular the strong influence of Aboriginal cultural and community living. He spent over a decade serving Aboriginal communities around Darwin as the ‘remote physiotherapist’ where he focused on the treatment and support of people with disabilities, the elderly and their family carers. From 2001 he spent three years with the community controlled Tiwi Health Board developing and managing environmental and health promotion programs on the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin.

For the past several years Rob has worked for the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT) where program management in the areas of workforce support, quality and accreditation, chronic disease prevention and public health policy development have been major responsibilities. In these capacities he has played a prominent role at AMSANT in securing funding for expanded programs of support for the Aboriginal community controlled sector in the NT. He has been an active contributor in major reforms to Aboriginal primary health care since the Emergency Intervention in the Territory in 2007.

Rob brings strong knowledge of the remote health care context, cross cultural service delivery, systems of quality and accreditation for remote health services, and remote workforce issues with particular reference to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and allied health professionals. Over many years he has developed skills in health service planning, management and workshop facilitation. He has recently undertaken Australian Institute of Board Directors governance training and is a current member of the boards of both the National Rural Health Alliance and Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health (SARRAH).

Shane Hearn

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Resilience and the relationship to health behaviour

Dr Shane Hearn is a Noongar man born in Esperance, Western Australia. He has worked in the University, corporate, community and government sectors for 18 years. He brings extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, community engagement, in education, health research, policy development, program management based on a deep personal commitment to Indigenous advancement and creation of new capacity in communities.

From 1999 to 2011 Shane was the Director of Indigenous Health and Education at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, where he developed and coordinated the Indigenous programs and the framework to integrate Indigenous health content into the curriculum of all faculty programs, in particular the Graduate medical program and Masters in Public Health.

From 2008 to 2011 he was the chief investigator of the NSW SmokeCheck Program. The program aimed to contribute to improving the health of Aboriginal people in NSW and to eliminate or reduce their exposure to tobacco in all its forms. The program focus was to build the capacity of health professionals, Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) and health services in NSW to encourage, assist and support Aboriginal clients to quit smoking. In that role he designed the evaluation to assess if AHW’s had increased their knowledge, skills and confidence in offering brief, evidence-based advice and support to Aboriginal clients to quit smoking.

Shane is currently a sitting member on the steering committee for the Healthy Schools, Healthy Futures Program. The study is examining the level of mental health of a student population in NSW’s and the differentials in mental health by gender, age, socioeconomic disadvantage, Aboriginality status and other cultural background.

HR Planning

Michael Long

BA Hons, ANU

Michael has undertaken contract research for a number of Australian Government and state and territory government departments and agencies, commercial and not-for-profit organisations and internationally for the Ministry of Education, New Zealand, the ILO, the WHO and the OECD.

Michael’s work has focused on the interface between education and the labour force. He has undertaken analyses in relation to returns to education and training, workforce planning, the financing of education and program evaluation. Michael recently participated in an investigation of the portability of funding for school students with disabilities for DEST and completed a review of the funding of Catholic schools for the NCEC. He was responsible for the economic evaluation of several core components of a wider evaluation of the Rural Pharmacy Initiatives Program for the Pharmacy Guild. Michael is the author of the Duesseldorf Skills Forum’s annual report How young people are faring.

HR Development

Belinda O’Sullivan

B Physio (Hon), MPH (Hon), Grad Dip in App Epi (VETAB)

Belinda is a Graduate of the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program (2002) and as part of the MPH and Grad Dip (NSW Health), she did environmental health work within a PHU and Health Protection setting (Housing for Health, environmental sampling, environmental audits and projects involving liaison with Local Council). Since 2002, Belinda has been dedicated to promoting high quality workplace based training across a range of programs, including advising the application of environmental health competencies to generalist and specialist trainees.

Belinda’s expertise is in postgraduate public health training; inter professional learning and workforce capacity building. Belinda is familiar with a range of workplace training settings and stakeholders in public health in NSW, and is adept at the strategic design of workplace based training tools, resources and protocols to improve learning outcomes.

Kevin Hummel

BE (Hon) (Chemical Engineering), UNSW (1970), MBA, AGSM (1973), Grad Dip Ed (TAFE), Sydney Teachers College (1977), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training BSZ40198 (2004)


Kevin has extensive experience in the development of VET sector material across a variety of industries. His experience spans job analysis, finding/writing relevant competencies, employee competency development programs and assessment & translation of competencies into workable career structures and classification systems.

Serena Abbinga

B. Com (Melb. Uni.), Dip. Ed. (Melb. Uni.), Certificate IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Dip. Vit.

Serena has a long association working with large, medium and small enterprises in pioneering organisational development, employee relations, human resource planning and workplace learning. She has assisted organisations in strategies to implement culture change to facilitate the achievement of organisational objectives including the identification of workforce capabilities, organisational and job redesign, facilitation of Enterprise Agreements reviewing and developing classification structures and the identification of critical skills and training including National and enterprise based competencies.

HR Management

Andrew Carnegie

BA (Psychology and Anthropology); Grad Dip Psych; MA Psychology (current)


Andrew has worked as a consulting psychologist in a variety of settings over the past 18 years. He has developed an expertise in working with individuals with often complex and demanding issues. As a trained mediator Andrew has conducted countless mediations specifically as a result of conflict in the workplace. He has seen not only the utility of this type of intervention but also the overall restorative benefit of organisations utilising alternative dispute resolution strategies in both managing and reducing the cost of conflict in the workplace.

Andrew also provides coaching for senior management and executive staff, specifically in managing their own emotional response and further developing their skills and capabilities when dealing with difficult staff situations. He has designed and delivered a wide range of training and development programs for both private and public sector organisations in the areas of conflict resolution, performance management, effective communication, team building and positive leadership.